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Akuressa MPCS records sweeping win

Akuressa MPCS Chairman W. T. K. Rajapaksa.
Akuressa MPCS Chairman W. T. K. Rajapaksa.

The Akuressa Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) chaired by W. T. K. Rajapaksa won comprehensively at its election yesterday.

Of the 58 Co-operative Societies of the Akuressa MPCS, Rajapaksa and his allies backed by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) led ‘Committee to Safeguard the Cooperative Movement’ gained 38. Of the 100 representatives elected, 70 are from the Rajapaksa camp. A tense situation arose when the results of the tightly contested election was announced as Rajapaksa and his team made a clean sweep winning all nine seats.

Rajapaksa was appointed as the MPCS Chairman in 2005 on an initiative taken by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at a time the Society was in the red and on the brink of being liquidated. Due to administrative skills, business acumen and untiring efforts of Rajapaksa, the Akuressa MPCS was out of the red within three years and has held office ever since.

Today, the Akuressa MPCS holds assets worth over Rs. 3,000 million including investments in retail outlets, a restaurant, a tea estate and a public transport venture. Rajapaksa said that a hospital was on the cards and a land had already been purchased in this regard.